Buried in the Bitter Waters

Buried in the Bitter Waters

The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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The culmination of nearly a decade of research in regional archives and census bureaus, Buried in the Bitter Waters presents irrefutable evidence of brutal attacks on blacks by ordinary white Americans. The property-burnings, assaults, and killings occurred between the period of Reconstruction and the Great Depression, and no part of the U.S. was immune. The violence was largely successful in its aim of driving blacks out of areas. More troubling, Jaspin's research indicates those areas most effected remain largely white, making his findings not merely an interesting historical expos but a troubling commentary on the ongoing state of race relations in the U.S.
Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : Made available through hoopla, 2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781598874884
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 45 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Leslie, Don
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Sep 19, 2016

Jaspin, a reporter for Cox newspapers, explores the racial cleansing that occurred in American communities between Reconstruction and the eugenics movement of the 1920s. While working on a story, he discovered through census data that some counties that had black citizens before 1865 became whiter and whiter as the decades passed. As his research continued, he followed many hidden paths through America's often violent history around who got jobs and who owned land. His book intertwines census data revealed by computer searches with personal narratives and often led to conflict with official histories and his own newspaper conglomerate. The story ends on the hopeful story of two descendants -- one whose family lynched a black man and the other whose relative had been allegedly killed by the same black man. This work is a good companion piece for the recently published White Trash by Nancy Isenberg.


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